TAMPA — Bucs QB Jameis Winston still wasn't throwing at practice Thursday, but he'll test his injured shoulder today as Tampa Bay keeps its options open for Sunday's game at Buffalo.
"I would fully expect that Jameis takes all the snaps (Friday)," coach Dirk Koetter said after practice.
Winston left Sunday's loss at Arizona in the second quarter after spraining the AC joint in his right (throwing) shoulder. An MRI exam showed no additional damage.
Koetter has said Winston has no potential for further damage by playing, so it's a matter of pain tolerance and whether the shoulder limits his ability to throw. Veteran backup Ryan Fitzpatrick, who threw for 290 yards off the bench at Arizona, is ready to step in if needed.
Winston didn't throw at practice Wednesday, and though coaches had planned to let him throw Thursday, they opted to wait another day. Koetter said Winston will get all the throwing reps today, which is typically a shorter practice.
The uncertainty also keeps Buffalo from knowing which quarterback to prepare for, the Bucs maintaining every strategic advantage ahead of a pivotal game.
DE Robert Ayers, who has no sacks and only one tackle for loss in five games, was added to the injury report as being limited in practice with a knee injury. DB Josh Robinson, the special-teams captain, missed practice as he remains in concussion protocol. He missed Sunday's game but had been a full participant in practice until Thursday.
First time back
Long snapper Garrison Sanborn, who spent his first eight years in the NFL with the Bills, goes to New Era Field on Sunday for the first time as a visitor. He said he's looking forward to facing old friends.
"It'll be fun. I'm excited to go back," said Sanborn, who signed with the Bucs in March after the Bills released him. "Obviously, I was there for a while, so I have a lot of friends to see on the other side. I'll be excited to take it to them."
Sanborn, who played at Tampa Jesuit and Florida State, had only one winning season in eight years in Buffalo — 9-7 in 2014 — and a result, he had seven head coaches, counting a pair of interim coaches. He talked to new coach Sean McDermott, hired in January, only a few times on the phone last spring, but said he sees much-needed discipline on this year's Bills team.
"You can tell that, from where we were the last couple of years," Sanborn said. "I had seven or eight coaches, and they flip-flop. Every coach, they go from super disciplinary to super loose and keep flip-flopping. I think (the Bills) may have found someone in the middle.
"(McDermott) seems like he cares about players, a great guy to work for, but brings in a lot of discipline, so there's a good balance."
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